Zophar reproveth Job for justifying himself.
Job 11:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and sayde, Job 11:2 Should not the multitude of wordes be answered? or should a great talker be iustified? Job 11:3 Should men holde their peace at thy lyes? & when thou mockest others, shall none make thee ashamed? Job 11:4 For thou hast sayde, My doctrine is pure, and I am cleane in thine eyes. Job 11:5 But, oh that God would speake and open his lippes against thee!
God's wisdom is unsearchable.
Job 11:6 That he might shewe thee the secretes of wisedome, howe thou hast deserued double, according to right: know therefore that God hath forgotten thee for thine iniquitie. Job 11:7 Canst thou by searching finde out God? canst thou finde out ye Almighty to his perfection? Job 11:8 The heauens are hie, what canst thou doe? it is deeper then the hel, how canst thou know it? Job 11:9 The measure thereof is longer then the earth, and it is broader then the sea. Job 11:10 If hee cut off and shut vp, or gather together, who can turne him backe? Job 11:11 For hee knoweth vaine men, and seeth iniquitie, and him that vnderstandeth nothing. Job 11:12 Yet vaine man would be wise, though man new borne is like a wilde asse colte.
The assured blessing of repentance.
Job 11:13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him: Job 11:14 If iniquitie be in thine hand, put it farre away, and let no wickednesse dwell in thy Tabernacle. Job 11:15 The truely shalt thou lift vp thy face without spot, and shalt be stable, and shalt not feare. Job 11:16 But thou shalt forget thy miserie, and remember it as waters that are past. Job 11:17 Thine age also shall appeare more cleare then the noone day: thou shalt shine and bee as the morning. Job 11:18 And thou shalt bee bolde, because there is hope: and thou shalt digge pittes, and shalt lye downe safely. Job 11:19 For when thou takest thy rest, none shal make thee afraide: yea, many shall make sute vnto thee. Job 11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall faile, and their refuge shall perish, and their hope shalbe sorow of minde.